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Dive Review of Bonaire Dive and Adventure/Sand Dollar in
Bonaire

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Maureen C. Carnevale, VA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5388
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Belize, Cozumel, Bahamas, Bonaire, Channel Islands, North
Carolina, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All shore diving, with the exception of one boat dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
I am not a photographer, so cannot comment.  Fish Eye photo is on site.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was my first time to Bonaire and came with a group of friends, about
20 divers.

Shore diving was a new experience.  It requires a little bit of work.  Bari
Reef, the house reef, was much easier, just take a giant stride off the
pier.  1/3 of our dives were at Bari Reef.

The diving was great and the on site dive staff were helpful and friendly.

We had a ground floor unit at Sand Dollar with an open air back patio.

The unit was OK, nothing fancy.  We had daily maid service and air
conditioning.

Breakfast was included in our rate.  Made to order omelettes, fresh fruit,
juice, coffee, bagel, toast.

Truck rental and nitrox included in our package.  Unlimited shore diving.

Our group had been to Bonaire the previous year and stayed at Buddy Dive
(next door to Sand Dollar).  They all preferred Buddy Dive.
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